Factoring in injury and suspension, it was a 25-game drought.
If it seems like a long time, it is – but not for Braun.
In 2010, he went 22 games without a home run. In fact, Braun typically goes long stretches without going deep.
Here are Braun’s longest homerless streaks:
2007: 10 games
2008: 18, 10, 15, 13, 10
2009: 17, 19, 10, 14
2010: 14, 15, 11, 11, 22
2011: 13, 16, 11, 11
2012: 10, 11
2013: 11, 10, 20
And those are just the double-digit periods. In his career, he has gone at least five consecutive games without a home run 58 times.
In 950 career games, Braun has gone without a home run 529 times.
With the three dingers Tuesday, don’t be surprised if Braun hits two to three more in the next week, either. This is what he does.
He typically catches fire in pockets of games anywhere from four to eight times in a season.
2007: 34 homers in 61 total games.
2008: 31 in 47
2009: 24 in 42
2010: 14 in 30
2011: 25 in 49
2012: 34 in 63
2013: 6 in 11
Of his 214 career home runs, 168 have come in just 303 games.
What does it all mean?
It means he’s the epitome of a "streak" power hitter, and he’s been that way since Day 1 in the major leagues back in 2007.
So, enjoy the ride for the next week, and wait patiently for the next wave to roll in.
Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
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